Vocal studies faculty member and opera stage director Garnett Bruce directed Puccini’s Turandot for the 2017-18 San Francisco Opera season opener on Friday, September 8. Soprano Toni Marie Palmertree (BM ‘06, Voice) made her debut in her role as Liu, the faithful slave. The production runs now until September 30, and then November 18 to December 9. When the production returns in November, Peabody alumnus Christopher Don Franklin (DMA ’99, Conducting) will make his San Francisco Opera conducting debut.
Jenny Lin (KSAS BA ’94, German; AD ’98, Piano) will join Philip Glass, Ricardo Castro, Heliosa Fernandes, and Maki Namekawa for three evening of etudes and works for piano by Glass in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, September 14-17. Glass is an alumnus of the Peabody Preparatory.
Łukasz Kuropaczewski (GPD ’05, Guitar) will make his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Peabody Conservatory Graduate Conducting Director Marin Alsop. He will perform the Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Performances will take place Thursday, September 14, at 8:00 pm, at the Music Center at Strathmore, and Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 pm in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
On August 21, faculty composer Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) and Lavena Johanson (MM ’13, Cello) performed a show for the Live Music Project at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Seattle, Wa. They played songs paired with solo cello pieces: by Adashi, Björk, Bryce Dessner, and Caroline Shaw. Then on August 25, cellist Eric Byers of the Calder Quartet performed my heart comes undone at the Carlsbad Music Festival in Carlsbad, Ca.
Matthew Rupcich (BM ’90, Music Education) will lead the new community choir at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., in collaboration with the center for adult and continuing education and department of fine arts.